Longford judges feature in half year judicial expenses

Longford judges feature in half year judicial expenses

Longford District Court Judge Seamus Hughes submitted the second highest claim for expenses in the first half of 2016.

New figures from the Irish Courts Service show  the Mayo-born Judge claimed almost €21,600 from January to June.

His claim included more than €15,600 for subsistence and €5,900 for travel.

Judge Hughes' overall amount was around €3,000 shy of the largest claimant made by Judge Kevin Kilraine.

Former Longford County Councillor, Judge Alan Mitchell claimed just over €14,500.

This included €8,269 for subsistence and €745 for incidental expenses.

Other members of the judiciary with local connections to feature included Circuit Court judges, Leonie Reynolds, Keenan Johnston and Raymond Groarke.

The latter claimed €14,464 during the first half of 2016 with Judges Johnston and Reynolds claiming €10,812 and €10,670 respectively.

Judge Reynolds, who is a daughter of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, is expected to join the High Court judiciary after being nominated by the Government back in July.